Below are some good papers for each project that will help you get a feel for what the project is about.

Acoustic Species ID

J. Ayers, Y. Jandali, Y. J. Hwang, G. Steinberg, E. Joun, M. Tobler, I. Ingram, R. Kastner, and C. Schurgers, “Challenges in applying audio classification models to datasets containing crucial biodiversity information,” in 38th International Conference on Machine Learning, vol. 38, July 2021. [ arXiv | .pdf ]

Baboons on the Move

C. L. Crutchfield, J. Sutton, A. Ngo, E. Zadorian, G. Hourany, D. Nelson, A. Wang, F. McHenry-Crutchfield, D. Forster, S. C. Strum, R. Kastner, and C. Schurgers, “Baboons on the move: Enhancing understanding of collective decision making through automated motion detection from aerial drone footage,” in 12th International Conference on Methods and Techniques in Behavioral Research and 6th Seminar on Behavioral Methods, vol. 1, pp. 33 – 39, October 2021. [ DOI | http ]


P. Tueller, R. Maddukuri, P. Paxson, V. Suresh, A. Ashok, M. Bland, R. Wallace, J. Guerrero, B. Semmens, and R. Kastner, “Fishsense: Underwater rgbd imaging for fish measurement and classification,” in OCEANS 2021 MTS/IEEE SAN DIEGO, IEEE, September 2021. [ http ]

Mangrove Monitoring

A. J. Hsu, E. Lo, J. Dorian, K. Qi, M. T. Costa, and B. G. Martinez, “Lessons on monitoring mangroves,” in UC San Diego: Aburto Lab, UC San Diego, 2019. [ http ]

Radio Telemetry Tracking

G. A. M. D. Santos, Z. Barnes, E. Lo, B. Ritoper, L. Nishizaki, X. Tejeda, A. Ke, H. Lin, C. Schurgers, A. Lin, and R. Kastner, “Small unmanned aerial vehicle system for wildlife radio collar tracking,” in 2014 IEEE 11th International Conference on Mobile Ad Hoc and Sensor Systems, pp. 761–766, 2014. [ DOI | http ]

D. Webber, N. Hui, R. Kastner, and C. Schurgers, “Radio receiver design for unmanned aerial wildlife tracking,” in 2017 International Conference on Computing, Networking and Communications (ICNC), pp. 942–946, 2017. [ DOI | http ]

N. Hui, “Efficient drone-based radio tracking of wildlife,” 2019. [ http ]

N. T. Hui, E. K. Lo, J. B. Moss, G. P. Gerber, M. E. Welch, R. Kastner, and C. Schurgers, “A more precise way to localize animals using drones,” Journal of Field Robotics, 2021. [ DOI | arXiv | http ]


P. Bresnahan, T. Cyronak, R. J. Brewin, A. Andersson, T. Wirth, T. Martz, T. Courtney, N. Hui, R. Kastner, A. Stern, T. McGrain, D. Reinicke, J. Richard, K. Hammond, and S. Waters, “A high-tech, low-cost, internet of things surfboard fin for coastal citizen science, outreach, and education,” Continental Shelf Research, vol. 242, p. 104748, 2022. [ DOI | http ]